This isn't very neighbourly. The American President wants a manufacturer to stop exporting supplies to Canada. So, N95 masks in Canada that are made in the U.S. by 3M might not be sent here anymore and the Prime Minister called that a "mistake."
In his daily press conference, Trudeau responded to the news that U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has told the manufacturer 3M to stop sending the protective equipment to Canada.
"It would be a mistake to create blockages or reduce the amount of back and forth trade of essential goods and services, including medical goods, across our border," the Prime Minister said. "That's the point we're making very clearly to the American administration right now."
He also said that the federal government has been working closely with its southern counterpart to highlight that the integration of the economies goes both ways between the two countries.
Currently, 3M doesn't make N95 masks in any Canadian facility so they have those respirators brought into the country from the U.S.
The manufacturer said in a news release that there are "significant humanitarian implications of ceasing respirator supplies to healthcare workers in Canada and Latin America, where we are a critical supplier..."
Trudeau noted that while Canada does get essential supplies from America, the southern nation gets essential supplies, products and even healthcare professionals from Canada every single day.
He cited nurses that cross the border in Windsor on a daily basis to work in the medical system in Detroit.
"These are things that Americans rely on," Trudeau said.
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The manufacturer has doubled the amount of N95 masks brought into Canada during the first three months of the year and 90% of them that come in are designated for healthcare workers and first responders.
Trudeau said that the government has been working with industries for the last few weeks to make the supplies that healthcare workers need like masks, face shields, gowns, ventilators and test kits.
3M also said that stopping the export of the respirators that are produced in the U.S. could cause other countries to retaliate with similar measures.
Trudeau didn't indicate if that was a possibility for Canada.